Season 5 Episode 8 - Blended Lace

Season 5 Episode 8 - Blended Lace

In this lesson, we get a chance to put everything we've learned about laces together in one piece. structures on 4 shafts. Blended Lace really isn't a category in any lace book I've read. But...years ago, when I would get lost in Marguerite Porter Davison's - A Handweaver's Pattern Book, studying the threadings...I noticed that a few laces had indeed used all the threading methods we have studied in one piece. They had diagonal lines like twills coming from Bronson Spot and blocks (sometimes 2 blocks) like Bronson Lace and Swedish Lace in different places. A light bulb went off and it was the first time I really thought about the connectivity between all structures on 4 shafts. When you take the time to think about it there has to be! After all, there are only 4 places to put your warp threads, and yet we get dozens of different structures that have their own characteristics. However...there are still only 4 shafts! It blows my mind to this day that we can get so much out of a simple 4 shaft loom. I didn't want to stop weaving on this warp, the scarves are simply scrumptious.
I hope you enjoy this episode.....
Things we will learn:
-That we can combine Huck, Swedish, Bronson Spot and Bronson Lace (Atwater) all in one piece
-We can have 2 blocks
-We can have diagonal lines of lace inspired by twill shapes
-We cannot have vertical plain weave on 4 shafts but could have on 5 shafts
-We can thread selvedges as half units to avoid long floats at the edge.

You can purchase the complete Blended Lace Kit at Jane Stafford Textiles:
https://weaving.link/blended-lace-kit

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Season 5 Episode 8 - Blended Lace